Mammoth Track Club Results & Update: September 2019

With months of wonderfully clear skies and warm temperatures, the Mammoth Track Club had an amazing summer of logging miles on the trails and track.

MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB ATHLETE RESULTS

Our Elite team had some stellar performances in the past couple of months. Here are some highlights.

Track

Reid Buchanan placed 7 in the 10,000 m at the U.S. National Championships in Des Monies, Iowa. He also selected to represented Team U.S.A. at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and earned the silver medal in the 10,000 m while there. Buchanan will likely be ranked 7 in the country in his marque event.

Tim Gorman placed 12 in the men’s 1,500 m at our U.S. National Championships in Des Monies, Iowa. Gorman was one of the last men to qualify for the meet in his event, so making the final was a huge accomplishment for him. He will be racing in a road relay in October in Japan.

Grace Barnett placed 4 at the State Street Mile in Santa Barbara with a time of 4:25 — that’s FOUR minutes and TWENTY-FIVE seconds for one mile! Unfortunately, Barnett had to end her season early as she was nursing a sore foot. She’ll be back stronger than ever heading into the outdoor track season next spring.

Marathon & Half Marathon

Nico Montanez placed 4 in America’s Finest City Half Marathon, a solid performance in his build-up for his “peak” race next month. Montanez will be toeing the line with some of the worlds best marathoners and looking for a fast performance at the Chicago Marathon on October 13.

Margo Malone will be racing the marathon this Fall. Malone already has the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time going into the New York City Marathon the first Sunday in November.  She is excited to race against some of the best marathoners in the world through the Five Burroughs of New York City.

MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

In June, we started our Mammoth Track Club Youth Camp. Each Monday morning our coaching staff (elite Mammoth Track Club athletes) met 80 young, aspiring athletes at the Whitmore Track and Field. The kids came with eyes wide open, eager to learn from some of the best athletes in the country. 

The coaches took small groups of athletes under their wing, teaching them the fundamentals of navigating a proper track workout session. Stretching, running drills, hurdle drills, speed ladder work and sprints were all ways to prep their little bodies for the morning workout.

Olympic medalist, Deena Kastor, took on the role as the head coach for the youngest kids (6-10 years old). Each practice she led was full of positivity and, of course, lots of running. One practice session, in particular, comes to mind where I observed her group running relay races for most of the morning. After practice was over, I was curious as to how many laps the kids had run in the two-hour span, so I asked Deena. She thought about it for a minute, then said, “About three miles.”  Wow! And they enjoyed every minute of it.

UP NEXT FOR THE MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB

Looking for a Turkey Trot to run this Thanksgiving Day? Well, the Mammoth Track Club hosts one each Thanksgiving in Mammoth Lakes. This year, the race has a new course and registration venue. 

 

Andrew Kastor

Andrew currently resides in Mammoth Lakes with his wife Deena (Olympic Marathon bronze medalist and American Record holder in the marathon and half-marathon) and their daughter, Piper Bloom. He’s the head coach for the Mammoth Track Club.

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